1-26-14 Sangha Update

We looked under the snow and this is what we found!
Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can enjoy the silence.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this chilly morning.
This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering at the Van Horn's this evening at 6 PM. There will be a meditation, and sharing the Dharma as well as being joyfully together. Directions and Parking Information are below. I hope you will be able to be there.

Next Sunday, Feb. 2 we will be gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads Complex on North Road in Peace Dale…at 6 PM. Linda Lamont will be offering the dharma sharing on Right Action using the book, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thay. We will have a recitation of the Five Trainings and share the Dharma. It should be a lovely gathering.

Thank you to all of you who were able to join us in Franklin for the Day of Mindfulness yesterday. It was wonderful to be able to practice together. We will have another opportunity to deepen our practice thanks to the RICommunity of Mindfulness planning team who have been doing a beautiful job of planning a….

Retreat in Rhode IslandMay 16-20, 2014 Coming Home: Cultivating Fearlessness, Freedom, and Joy Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island Offered by the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness Register early (by March 15) and save $25 Informational flyer and registration form: Aldersgate-retreat-2014.pdf
I have had to be away quite a bit and have fallen behind in my correspondence. I apologize for the delay of this email, as well as getting our RICOM Planning meeting organized…I will probably not be able to be doing quite as much as I have been doing and I deeply appreciate all of you who are willing to help care for the sanghas. I will create a doodle and send it to all who have voiced an interest in participating. If you are interested, please let me know  as soon as you can so I can add you to the list.

I hope you will be able to be with us for one or all of the above gatherings … and in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying this moment.
with much love, many hugs and the happiness of a chipmunk chomping down sunflower seeds on a crisp winter morning for you,
Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home
Address:  24 Mallory Lane    Wakefield, RI  02879
Phone:  401-871-1838
From the North:
Take US 1-S to RI-138
Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles
Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right.
Take the next left onto Rodman Street.  (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign.
Mallory Lane will be on your left.  Our house is the second on the left.
See below for parking.
From the South/West:
Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits
Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.)
Turn left onto Pond St.  Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main.
Turn right onto Main.  Drive a short distance
Turn left onto High St.  Drive past town hall.
In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen.
At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman.  Continue past one stop sign.  Mallory Lane is on the right.  Our house is the second on the left
Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street.  3-4 cars will fit in our driveway.  If there is  no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr.  Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr.  Thank you!!!